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A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.

But when his retirement came weeks later, he told Thompson he was caught up at Customs at the airport in Dubai, and needed to pay for various paperwork to pass through.Ask to have a live video talk using Skype or Facetime.Most of today’s smartphones, tablets and laptops come equipped with a built-in camera and/or video.“It was wired to Citibank in New York, which I felt comfortable about,” said Thompson.But on a whim, she asked a friend in banking if one of Robert Parker’s financial institutions was legitimate.Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.

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